Thai Massage, Phuket
Massages, facials, treatments etc in Phuket are amazingly good and cheap and you can certainly afford to pamper yourself almost every day with one of these! Frank had his first massage in Phuket, also his first facial, first foot massage etc and he enjoyed every single one of them. Going price for a one hour foot massage is about 200-250bt, a one hour oil massage about 300-500bt, a one hour Traditional Thai Massage (which is a bit like acupressure and shiatsu massage) is about 400-600bt and we even managed to get a 40 minute facial for only 299bt!!!!!
Of course there are much dearer options, as most Hotels have their own day spa, as did the Burasari but we did not go there. We did however spend a very relaxing 3 hour session at a place called "Lets Relax" on Ratuthit Road, we had 3 things done and it was pure heaven! It was a bit of a splurge costing about $90 each for the three hours, but for that we got foot reflexology, a body scrub and an aromatherapy massage .... so it was all good!!!
Something that you you should definitely not miss on your visit to Phuket or Thailand is the massage or spa services on offer because the Thai massage and spa experience is unique and has an identity of its own. Thai therapists are experts and gifted in this field as Thai massage is part of the Thai culture as children have been taught to massage their elders since ancient times.
There is a big difference between the service offered between a spa, and your normal massage parlor. A massage shop concerns itself primarily with relaxation and easing discomfort, usually with little consideration for atmosphere.
As well as providing excellent massage services, spas also create an ambience where the taste, smell, sounds and touch are created to ensure that not only your body and your mind find complete relaxation and peace. The also provide services to increase your beauty and health such as scrubs, wraps, baths and facial treatments.
There are a great many places providing massage in Phuket, alongside beaches and in small shops along the roadside with prices range anywhere from 150 to 500 baht depending on the location. Please consider spending a little more money and choose to use a day spa, as you can be sure that the level of service that you will receive will be higher. If you use a service as mentioned above, you may have to endure the therapists talking and gossiping between themselves, answering their mobile phones, all whilst you try and have a relaxing massage. Also, they may not use standardized equipment such as massage oil which are full of chemicals that maybe bad for your skin. Even worse if you are a man. At some places the therapist will invite you to partake in sexual services which is against the law in Thailand.
Phuket have two main types of spa to choose from; the day spa and the resort spa.
There are lots of day spas available:
Rain Tree Spa: Located in Phuket Town, the Rain Tree Spa is a medium sized spa with a very cool and pleasant atmosphere. They offer a good service including massage, body scrub and body wrap but do not offer bathing. Also, they do not have personal steam rooms, so you may have to share with others.
Cheraaim Spa:Is a large day spa situated opposite Central Festival very close to Phuket Town. They offer a variety of treatments, and their specialty is the hot stone treatment.
Sukko Spa: Is a large day spa located in the southern half of Phuket, about 10 minutes south of Phuket Town. When entering Sukko Spa, it is like entering a new town because of the way the staff dress, the buildings are decorated in Thai art and artifacts, and the atmosphere is that of ancient Thai culture. This is the one place to find the complete range of services available at the highest of quality. You can choose a completely personal experience and use the Spa Villas, or use the popular pavilion where you may share the steam/Jacuzzi rooms with others.
Other than the spa services, there are many activities on offer that are design to cultivate your body and mind, including many traditional Thai cultural & wellness activities including Muay Thai Chaiya, Thai Cooking, Thai Massage lesson, Fruit Carving, Ashtanga Yoga and more.
Sukko Spa were proud to recently receive first place in day spa category of the Thailand Tourism Awards 2008, presented by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Body@Mind : Is a small day spa that is beautifully presented and will help you feel completely relaxed and calm as soon as you walk in the door. There are several branches located at several famous beaches in Phuket including Patong Beach, Karon Beach etc. each offering the complete spa experience.
Regarding resort spas in Phuket, there are many famous places available, but the prices increase a lot, and the atmosphere and ambience can vary a lot between different locations. Almost all hotels and resorts in Phuket offer spa services, but many places may not have professionally trained staff, and quality of equipment and service comparable with most day spa that specialize in the spa service. Recommended resort spas in Phuket are:
Mandara Spa at JW Marriott: If you’re not concerned about being somewhat out of the way (situated in the northern part of Phuket Island, approximately 40km away from Phuket Town) and don’t need to be close to tourist attractions, this is an extremely elegant resort spa. All of the rooms are exquisitely presented, and the products used throughout are well known brands of top quality. The service charges are higher than usual, although the staff are well trained, but still comparable with those in your normal day spa.
Six Senses Spa at Evason: This is another famous resort spa, situated on top of a hill offering beautiful views of the eastern side of Phuket. The staff here is a mixture of both Thai and international people. The prices are similar to other resort spas found in Phuket.
Banyan Tree Spa: Is a world class spa of the highest standard, with elegant décor and great service, they have won many awards. If you’re not worried about budget, then this is maybe what you’re looking for.
In conclusion, if you haven’t got a huge budget and you’ve never tried either massage or spa services, it’s probably best to try a day spa who’s website you have checked and been able to compare the prices along with services offered. Also, you may be able to get a discount, as many have special offers for internet booking. But if you have a high budget, or are not concerned with you budget, then we recommend you try one of Phuket’s famous day spas first, and then compare it with the experience at one of the resort spas, so that you can see the difference in styles and service and you can be sure to get the best possible experience of real Thai spas and massage.
There are lots of massage parlors in Patong Beach. And every street corners and even have your massage on a mattress on the beach. Thai Massage are everywhere and prices are very competitive.
I had my Thai massage on the first day for THB200. On the last evening, I chose to have an Oil Massage for THB300 on my last evening in Phuket.
After a tiring day of walking and shopping, the best way to pamper yourselves is to have a good massage and feel recharged.
This massage parlour is located above Mr. Good Seafood Restaurant.
The masseurs are experience. My friends and I had a good toe to head massage.
2 Hours of Traditional cost us 400baht. Please do tip the masseur if the service is good.
Massage parlors in Phuket offering Thai Massage are like mushrooms that pops out anywhere in the area.
We had several sessions of foot massage and Thai massage. And as always...its Good!
After a tiring walk or after a physical activity that you do..the best way is just to have a good massage for your tired feet and body.
Thailand is famous for their relaxing massages performed by their many masseus, and I'm talking about the traditional one, not the sexual one. In Phuket, you can find many massage parlors in Patong Beach that offer their services for a lower price than the hotels or spas.
The umbrella ladies at the beach can also offer you a massage besides taking care of your other needs, guarding your possesion, getting you a drink while you laze on the sunbed
I paid about 200 baht (US$6) for an hour long massage.
If you didn't experince Thai massage while you in Thailand,you will miss part of the culture. Thai massage is universal known for its unique touch of magic.Its was fantastic and i enjoy every single movement of the massage. I recommended this place down at Rat-U-Rhit Road. Very elegent and friend staff.Just lovely....
Thai Massage - 300
Oil Massage - 400
Spa package - 700
The Thais are very good at massages... so you should try a spa session or massage when you are at Phuket.
Most hotels have spas within its premises and there are also a few days spas in Patong and Phuket Town.
We tried the Angsana Spa at Sheraton Grande Laguna and it was good! One of the best we've had. Banyan tree spa is supposed to be very good too but it's too expensive for us. Angsana and Banyan tree spa masseuses are trained in the same spa academy anyway and are under the same management thus quality is rather assured.
Going for massage and spa is a must when u go to Phuket.
I had a total of 3 spa/massage in my 6 day's visit and they were all good. The best I ever had was of cuz the one in Evason.. you may refer to my accomodation page for details of the Six Senses Spa.